He is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
And all the children are risen, far too early in the morning! It doesn't matter how late they stay up, they still wake early, in this case the first one up before 6:00 a.m. and the soon following fast behind. Poor children were one bored bunch when I let them have one piece of chocolate and then couldn't open anything in their Easter baskets until Daddy would wake up hours later!
|My earliest riser|
I set out the Easter gift bags from Grandmom and Pop-Pops as an "appetizer" for the children. My earliest riser was very excited!
|A bunny as big as his head!|
Once everyone was awake, I brought out the baskets for some very excited young folk.
|One gift each in individual baskets plus three family gifts|
Everyone fell quietly to reading their new books, which made this Bookworm Mama happy. Joseph declared his new Nerf bullets "exactly what I wanted!!!" and Thomas rushed off to play with his new set of play food.
Playing with the play kitchen is probably Thomas' favorite activity.
For Easter Breakfast, I served:
- French toast
- Fruit salad
- Hard boiled eggs
- Sparkling orange non-alcoholic drinks
After coordinating the reception at the high-school chapel at 11:00 last night, this morning Chris hauled a carload of food to our parish also to coordinate the reception after the 12:30 Mass as well. The girls' choir sang at the Mass, adding to its beauty as they always do.
Our family had been asked to host the Easter egg hunt after the 12:30 Mass, so we were happy to do so. Apparently there were leftover plastic eggs from the prior two Masses, so we used them all up at the 12:30, resulting in a real bonanza for those children!
|Mystified about why there is candy in the grass|
Afterward, we changed out of our finery and headed to a potluck with four families. The festive potluck dinner (also celebrating two birthdays) included:
- green beans
- macaroni and cheese
- bread rolls
- green salad and dressings
- brownies, strawberry strudel, cupcakes, ice cream
|17 months and 21 months eating together|
After dinner, we put on an hunt at a picturesque local park for the 16 children.
It was a wonderful Easter, and I will definitely need a few days of the Easter octave just to recover!